WBEZ | superman http://www.wbez.org/tags/superman Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: Fear, excitement and uncertainty face the college bound http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-09/morning-shift-fear-excitement-and-uncertainty-face <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Dorm-Flickr- Robert Boscacci.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Are you or one of your kids heading off to college? We discuss some of the trepidation both students and parents face as they make the jump to college co-ed.</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-40.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-40" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Fear, excitement and uncertainty face the college bound" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 08:13:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-09/morning-shift-fear-excitement-and-uncertainty-face How Superman saved a small Illinois town http://www.wbez.org/news/how-superman-saved-small-illinois-town-107699 <p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid--7784882-42c0-b798-7e29-1a4ecbd48bcc"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/for%201%20block.jpg" style="height: 471px; width: 620px;" title="Superman fans stand to try to break the world record for most people dressed as Superman in Metropolis, Illinois. (Michele Longworth/Metropolis Planet)" />Today is the day many comic book fans have been waiting for. <em><a href="http://manofsteel.warnerbros.com/index.html">Man of Steel</a></em>, the latest Superman movie, opens in theaters across the country. Much of the film was shot in Chicago, a stand-in for the comic book&rsquo;s fictional Metropolis. But some folks in the real city of <a href="http://www.metropolistourism.com/">Metropolis, Illinois</a> may take issue with that.</p><p dir="ltr">For more than 40 years, the town at the southern tip of Illinois has been the official home of Superman. Every summer, 30,000 super fans converge on this small city along the Ohio River for the <a href="http://www.supermancelebration.net/">Superman Celebration</a>. Now in it&rsquo;s 35th year, they&rsquo;re all there for one reason: to celebrate the big guy in the blue tights and the red cape.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;This is my third time here,&rdquo; says Steve Younis with a thick Aussie accent. &ldquo;I wish I could come every year but it&rsquo;s expensive to come from Australia every year.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Younis runs <a href="http://www.supermanhomepage.com/news.php">SupermanHomepage.com</a>, one of the largest Superman fan sites in the world, from his home in Sydney. But in Metropolis last week, Younis was just another fan.</p><p dir="ltr"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Metropolis%20patch.JPG" style="float: right; height: 333px; width: 250px;" title="The emblem of the police department in Metropolis, Illinois, official home of Superman. (WBEZ/Michael Puente)" />Here, you can find Superman everywhere: On billboards, in drug stores, even on the badges of the Metropolis&rsquo; police force.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;I just think everybody needs a hero. People always look for that; troubled times and people need some happiness in their lives and they escape with Superman,&rdquo; says actor Michael Rosenbaum. He played Lex Luthor in the TV series Smallville and was on hand for the celebration. &ldquo;I think it&rsquo;s great.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">In reality, Metropolis is a lot more like Smallville than the big city in the comic books.</p><p dir="ltr">So, living in Metropolis &ndash; with Superman as a neighbor &ndash; &nbsp;has to be pretty exciting, right?</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;It&rsquo;s boring,&rdquo; says Eric Phillips, who&rsquo;s lived in Metropolis for the last seven years. &ldquo;Not a lot of action here. Superman almost got nothing to do. He sits around all day.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Actually, Superman stands around all day, with a clenched jaw, 16-feet high in front of the Massac County Courthouse.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;You can walk up here at the courthouse any day, and there&rsquo;s somebody taking a picture with the Superman statue,&rdquo; Phillips says.</p><p dir="ltr">Of course, Metropolis, Illinois was around long before Superman, which was founded in 1839 to be exact. At the time, the city&rsquo;s founders envisioned a large transportation hub that would develop into a major metropolis. But those illusions of grandeur never materialized. Factories closed, people moved away, and by the early 1970s, Metropolis was anything but.</p><p dir="ltr">That&rsquo;s when somebody suggested that Metropolis take advantage of its name and push to be Superman&rsquo;s official hometown. DC Comics signed off on the idea &ndash; and so did the Illinois legislature. Longtime resident Sue Barfield says the idea was kryptonite to some folks.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;We had a lot of naysayers. When we had our first Superman statue at the square, we had a lot of people make a lot of fun of it,&rdquo; Barfield said.</p><p dir="ltr">Still, some credit Superman with saving this struggling town. Metropolis Mayor Billy McDaniel goes further than that.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;We strive to operate our city as just what it says: truth, justice and the American way&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;We try to raise our kids the same way: with integrity. How you treat your neighbor, how you treat other people is important in your life,&rdquo; McDaniel said. &ldquo;We don&rsquo;t all agree on everything but I can tell you when something happens, you forget your differences and you try to help each other.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">The journalist Michele Longworth backs that statement up.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Like in 2011, we had the worst flooding that Metropolis has seen in a long time. We had community members out sandbagging and pulling together. So, I think people really are super.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Longworth works for the the local newspaper called, of course, the<a href="http://www.metropolisplanet.com/"> Metropolis Planet.</a> The original name, the Metropolis News, was changed in 1972, the year the city became Superman&rsquo;s hometown.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;When we get phone calls, people always ask, &ldquo;Where&rsquo;s Clark, Where&rsquo;s Lois?&rdquo; We always say, They&rsquo;re on assignment,&rdquo; Longworth jokes.</p><p dir="ltr">Like her counterpart Lois Lane, Longworth says there are days when she could use Clark Kent&rsquo;s help.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Like the time I took the wrong turn trying to go take some pictures to cover a story and ended up in the middle of a cornfield with my Mustang,&rdquo; Longworth said. &ldquo;Sometimes I wish there were a real life Superman to come rescue me.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">But there are those in Metropolis who say Superman could be doing more for the town than just standing around.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;I think there should be an amusement park. I think there should be a lot of developmental things,&rdquo; says resident Pam Turner, who was eating lunch at the local Rube&rsquo;s Diner. &ldquo;I think it would have been a gold mine for Metropolis, a lot better than a riverboat.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">But according to city officials their hands are tied. They say DC Comics tightly controls anything having to do with the man with the &lsquo;S&rsquo; on his chest. On the other hand, Turner&rsquo;s mother, Loreen McGinnis, could hardly care less about Superman, the statue, or anything else. &nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;I&rsquo;ll soon be 89-years-old and I&rsquo;ve been to it twice,&rdquo; McGinnis said. I went home and I &lsquo;ain&rsquo;t&rsquo; been back.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">McGinnis says with a riverboat casino in town, Superman&rsquo;s high ideals aren&rsquo;t doing much good anyway.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;It&rsquo;s Sin City,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;I feel like our young people have too much of the devil&rsquo;s playground in Metropolis.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Sounds like a job for Superman.</p><p dir="ltr">But for now, residents have other things to worry about, like where to see the new movie. When &ldquo;Man of Steel&rdquo; opens today, folks in Metropolis will have to travel across the river to Paducah, Kentucky to watch it.</p><p dir="ltr">That&rsquo;s because the city&rsquo;s only movie theater closed decades ago. The last movie shown there?</p><p><em>Superman</em> starring Christopher Reeve.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Follow WBEZ reporter Michael Puente on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/MikePuenteNews">@MikePuenteNews</a>.</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><object height="465" width="620"><param name="flashvars" value="offsite=true&amp;lang=en-us&amp;page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2Fchicagopublicradio%2Fsets%2F72157634123510406%2Fshow%2Fwith%2F9040164078%2F&amp;page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2Fchicagopublicradio%2Fsets%2F72157634123510406%2Fwith%2F9040164078%2F&amp;set_id=72157634123510406&amp;jump_to=9040164078" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=124984" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><embed allowfullscreen="true" flashvars="offsite=true&amp;lang=en-us&amp;page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2Fchicagopublicradio%2Fsets%2F72157634123510406%2Fshow%2Fwith%2F9040164078%2F&amp;page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2Fchicagopublicradio%2Fsets%2F72157634123510406%2Fwith%2F9040164078%2F&amp;set_id=72157634123510406&amp;jump_to=9040164078" height="465" src="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=124984" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620"></embed></object></p></p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 07:52:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/how-superman-saved-small-illinois-town-107699 Some disdainful thoughts on Superman http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-06/some-disdainful-thoughts-superman-107493 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/288426179_e377eb7117.jpg" style="float: right; height: 400px; width: 300px;" title="Flickr/MShades" />Superman is boring. What&rsquo;s interesting about a guy who can do everything? Why don&rsquo;t you just make a movie about God or something, only one that isn&rsquo;t made by Mel Gibson or features God doing shenanigans like making newscasters talk funny. But seriously, a guy who can do everything is boring, especially if he always could do everything and it&rsquo;s nothing new. If you just want a movie with a handsome guy in tight underwear, that&rsquo;s fine, but have him be someone other than Superman.</p><p>And he&rsquo;s from outer space? Ugh. Nothing (and I mean nothing&mdash;particularly no good movies) ever came from outer space. Do you know why the movie Inner Space was so good? Because it looked inward, not out into boring old space.</p><p>Here&rsquo;s a funny joke I told my husband about Superman. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m allergic to bee stings: they&rsquo;re my kryptonite. What&rsquo;s Superman&rsquo;s kryptonite?&rdquo;</p><p>Perhaps you had to be there.</p><p>His outfit will never be cool, no matter how many textures they put on it.</p><p>How much money does Superman make? Because Bruce Wayne, when he&rsquo;s not being Batman, is a rich playboy. Which is pretty cool.</p><p>At least Batman has the decency to cover half of his face to hide his true identity. People just seem dumb in Superman movies, not being able to figure out something so obvious.</p><p>Also, why does Superman need to wear an &ldquo;S&rdquo; on his chest? So people don&rsquo;t forget who the immortal man who flies around their city is? Is there a danger with confusing him with someone else?</p><p>I also find the legend of how his outfit got made problematic. Who made it for him? Who is his tailor? Or did he make it himself, thereby giving himself the name and making a monogrammed outfit? Even I know his parents did not name him &ldquo;Superman&rdquo; at birth. Again: problems.</p><p>If Superman is so great, why can&rsquo;t Clark Kent do something to save the dying newspaper industry?</p><p>In case you couldn&rsquo;t tell, I like Batman more than I like Superman. I don&rsquo;t consider Robin to be a real superhero, even when played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Spider-Man is just a kid. All the other superheroes are tedious at this point because they have had too many movies made about them or their movies were unnecessary to begin with. Don&rsquo;t even get me started on whatever happened to Jean Grey in the third <em>X-Men</em> movie.</p><p>&ldquo;Super&rdquo; is a lame adjective. Would you trust someone who used the phrase &ldquo;Super!&rdquo; to describe any aspect of his or her life?</p><p>None of these points is arguable as they are all based in fact. If you enjoyed this piece, then you probably loved the <a href="http://www.chicagopublicradio.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-07/acclaimed-film-critic-says-newest-batman-movie-stinks-101021" target="_blank">Batman review I ran a few years ago</a>. If not, don&rsquo;t worry, I&rsquo;m sure I will win you over at a future date.</p><p><em>Follow Claire Zulkey&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/Zulkey" target="_blank">@Zulkey</a></em></p></p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 10:32:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-06/some-disdainful-thoughts-superman-107493 Does the cold ease your fear of climate change? Not so fast http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-01/does-cold-ease-your-fear-climate-change-not-so-fast-105058 <p><p><a href="www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-singledigit-freeze-continues-20130122,0,7629806.story" target="_blank"><img alt="Chicago cold, as conveyed on an iPhone" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/2013-01-22%2006.03.47.jpg" style="float: right; height: 142px; width: 300px;" title="Chicago cold, as conveyed on an iPhone" /></a><strong>COLD RELIEF -- NOT.</strong>&nbsp;If <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-singledigit-freeze-continues-20130122,0,7629806.story">Chicago&#39;s cold snap</a> eases your fears about global warming, not so fast. As NASA explained in 2010, weather like this is&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/coldweather-2009.html">consistent with a global warming trend</a>. And there&#39;s still that record snowless run -- something the <em>Tribune</em>&#39;s Eric Zorn rightly calls &quot;<a href="http://blogs.chicagotribune.com/news_columnists_ezorn/2013/01/hump-week.html">downright creepy</a>.&quot;<br />* Chicago preps for <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/23/science/earth/23adaptation.html?pagewanted=all&amp;_r=2&amp;">permanent heat wave</a> (from May).<br />* City has official &quot;<a href="http://www.chicagoclimateaction.org/pages/how_climate_change_affects_chicago/5.php">climate action plan</a>.&quot;<br />* 5 southern cities with <a href="http://www.weather.com/news/weather-winter/southern-cities-more-snow-than-chicago-20130117">more snow than Chicago</a>.</p><div><strong>&#39;A LOUD -- AND, FOR THIS PRESIDENT, DAMNED NEAR DERISIVE -- DENOUNCEMENT OF ALL ... REPUBLICANS HAVE COME TO STAND FOR.&#39;&nbsp;</strong><em>Esquire</em>&#39;s Charles Pierce says <a href="http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/Why_The_Speech_Was_Important?spr_id=1456_6680630">President Obama&#39;s inauguration address</a>&nbsp;is already bothering people like Scott Johnson at <em>Power Line</em>, who says it wrought &quot;<a href="http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2013/01/long-days-journey.php">serious intellectual destruction</a>.&quot;<br />*&nbsp;<a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2013/01/21/how-the-inauguration-played-out-on-social-media/">Obama speech&#39;s most viral moment</a>&nbsp;(as reflected by Twitter).<br />*&nbsp;Seneca Falls, Selma, Stonewall: &quot;A <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/22/opinion/bruni-a-map-of-human-dignity.html?_r=0">map of human dignity</a>.&quot;<br />* Owner of Stonewall Inn: &quot;It&#39;s like <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/01/its-owning-rosa-parkss-bus-stonewall-celebrates-inaugural-namecheck">owning Rosa Parks&#39;s bus</a>.&quot;<br />* <a href="http://tv.msnbc.com/2013/01/21/where-in-the-world-is-mitt-romney-hint-not-in-d-c/">Romney&#39;s no-show</a> is a first in decades.<br />* Borowitz Report: Speech gives grateful Republicans &quot;detailed list of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/borowitzreport/2013/01/republicans-praise-obama-for-offering-bold-vision-to-thwart.html?mobify=0">things to thwart over the next four years</a>.&quot;</div><div>* White House staffer on online petition mania: &quot;<a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/01/we-the-people-white-house-petitions-obama-administration">My God, what have we done?</a>&quot;</div><p><strong><img alt="Sandburg's poem, typed on a manual typewriter on onionskin paper, was discovered by a library volunteer. | Photo by Ben Woloszyn" src="http://news.illinois.edu/WebsandThumbs/Librarymisc/Sandburg/poem_b.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; float: right;" /></strong></p><div><strong>MUCH APPRECIATED.</strong> <em>Gawker</em>&#39;s list of <a href="http://gawker.com/5977431/heres-a-list-of-people-injured-or-killed-by-guns-on-gun-appreciation-day">people injured or killed by guns on Gun Appreciation Day</a>.<br />* <a href="http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57565070-93/groupon-puts-all-gun-related-promotions-and-deals-on-hold/">Groupon puts gun-related deals on hold</a>, angers gun-rights advocates.<br />* Carl Sandburg&#39;s <a href="http://news.illinois.edu/news/13/0118unpublished_gun_poem_CarlSandburg.html" target="_blank"><strong>previously unknown poem</strong></a> about &quot;A Revolver&quot;: &quot;When it has spoken, the case can not be appealed to the supreme court ...&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>FOOTBALL AND BRAIN DISEASE.&nbsp;</strong>New <a href="http://www.northshore.org/about-us/press/press-releases/">research to be made public today at 1 p.m.</a> links the problem more conclusively to NFL players.<br />* Dave Zirin in <em>The Nation</em>: &quot;Athletically gifted children see the NFL, with all its attendant dangers, as ... <a href="http://www.thenation.com/blog/172336/nfl-where-dr-kings-dream-goes-die#">their ticket out of poverty</a>.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>TE-ALL INTERVIEW?</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/20/katie-couric-to-interview-manti-teo/">Katie Couric&#39;s sit-down with Manti Te&#39;o</a>&nbsp;and his parents about his imaginary dead girlfriend airs Thursday. How hard can she press when she and Te&#39;o &nbsp;<a href="http://adage.com/article/agency-news/matthew-hiltzik-pr-guru-helping-te-o-s-story/239311/">share the same PR rep</a>?<br />* <a href="http://deadspin.com/5977190/a-near+complete-twitter-archive-for-lennay-kekua-and-ronaiah-tuiasosopo">Archive of tweets for Te&#39;o&#39;s fauxfriend</a> and the other guy linked to her digital life (and death).<br />* <a href="http://deadspin.com/5977632">Deadspin&#39;s hate mail</a> since breaking the story.<br />* Pulitzer winners <a href="http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/more/news/20130121/pulitzer-prize-winners-discuss-manti-teo/index.html?mobile=no">analyze Deadspin reporting</a>.<br />* Guide to <a href="http://stevebuttry.wordpress.com/2013/01/21/how-to-verify-information-from-tweets-check-it-out/">avoiding Twitter scams</a>.</div><p><img alt="C2E2 poster" src="http://www.dailyblam.com/sites/all/files/Official-C2E2-2013-Poster.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 234px; float: right;" /></p><div><strong>A GREAT METROPOLIS.</strong> The official <strong>poster art</strong> for April&#39;s Chicago Comic &amp; Entertainment Expo (C2E2) puts <a href="http://www.dailyblam.com/news/2013/01/19/dc-entertainment-reveals-superman-poster-art-for-c2e2-2013">Chicago in the picture with the Man of Steel</a>.<br />* ... Which is appropriate, because much of <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-09-18/entertainment/chi-superman-sightings-chicago-20110918_1_superman-movie-henry-cavill-superman-reboot-man">the forthcoming movie was filmed here</a>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>SOMEDAY, YOU&#39;LL WORK FOR GOOGLE.</strong>&nbsp;Google founder Larry Page says&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wired.com/business/2013/01/ff-qa-larry-page/all/">his company could eventually employ a million people</a>.<br />* Yahoo sends ex-employees &quot;<a href="http://techcrunch.com/2013/01/21/just-want-you-back-for-good/">welcome back</a>&quot; packages.<br />*<em> </em>Job&nbsp;posting seeks &quot;<a href="http://gawker.com/5977105/inexperience-required">young journalists who don&#39;t know better</a>.&quot;<br />*&nbsp;<a href="http://metnews.biz/wordpress/">13-year-old news blogger</a>&nbsp;credentialed to&nbsp;<a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2013/01/21/meet-ethan-sattler-13-years-old-white-house-reporter/">cover inauguration</a>.</div><hr /><p><em>GET THE LATEST. Sign up for <a href="http://services.chicagopublicmedia.org/site/Survey?ACTION_REQUIRED=URI_ACTION_USER_REQUESTS&amp;SURVEY_ID=13561">WBEZ&#39;s email blasts</a> to get updates on this blog and all the great features the site has to offer. (Note: The preceding sentence should not be interpreted to mean that this blog is a great feature; to the contrary, its construction </em>distinguishes<em> &quot;this blog&quot; from &quot;great features.&quot; It would be unseemly of this blog to proclaim itself a great feature, don&#39;t you think? That is left as an exercise for the reader.)</em></p></p> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-01/does-cold-ease-your-fear-climate-change-not-so-fast-105058 'Superman' comes to Chicago, bringing $30 million with him http://www.wbez.org/story/superman-comes-chicago-bringing-30-million-him-91941 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-September/2011-09-13/P1030571.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Superman is wrapping up his stay in Chicago this weekend, but he received a visit from Illinois Governor Pat Quinn before he left.</p><p>The governor was at the set of the new <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/man-steel-comes-downtown-chicago-91642"><em>Man of Steel</em> movie in downtown Chicago</a> Tuesday, for a tour and a meet-and-greet with some cast members, including Superman himself, played by Henry Cavill.</p><p>Quinn said that the film industry raised $161 million dollars for Illinois in 2010.</p><p>"The amount of investment by <em>Man of Steel</em> in the state of Illinois is $30-35 million," said Quinn. "So the investment of the tax credit pays tremendous dividends, it's more than worth it's while."</p><p>That money can be attributed to the 30 percent tax credit Illinois offers for money spent on goods and services in-state.&nbsp;<em>Man of Steel</em> reportedly created over 550 jobs in Illinois for crew members, not including those local Chicago actors hired for smaller parts and as extras.</p><p>The Quinn administration has included the tax credit as part of their effort to increase revenue from filmmaking in Chicago. Under the governor's administration, the state invested $5 million into the building of Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, where the short-lived show <em>The Chicago Code</em> was filmed. It's been replaced by projects like&nbsp;<em>Boss </em>and <em>The Playboy Club</em>.</p><p>Betsy Steinberg, managing director for the Illinois Film Office, said that she spends her time in Los Angeles, "pounding the pavement, trying to get projects" to come to Illinois.</p><p><em>Man of Steel</em> also used the Kendall County town of Plano, outside of Chicago, as the location for their town of Smallville. The interest in Illinois was spurred, in part, by executive producer Charles Rosen, who has a history with the city; he also shot the previous two Batman films here, <em>Batman Begins</em> and <em>The Dark Knight</em>, both starring Christian Bale.</p><p>Speaking about his visit to the set, Quinn said, "I had a chance to meet Henry, he's our Superman, and he will be a super man, that's for sure."</p></p> Tue, 13 Sep 2011 19:24:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/superman-comes-chicago-bringing-30-million-him-91941 The Man of Steel comes to downtown Chicago http://www.wbez.org/story/man-steel-comes-downtown-chicago-91642 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-September/2011-09-07/superillo.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The newest Superman movie "Man of Steel" began filming in Chicago on Wednesday. The project has made stops in a few areas around Chicago-- spending the last two weeks in the far western suburbs, and landing downtown in the Loop this week.<br> <br> Betsy Steinberg, managing director for the Illinois Film Office, said big movies projects like this one have the potential to boost the state's economy.<br> <br> "A caterer is feeding several hundred people a day, several times a day, they're shopping in our local grocery stores. Carpenters, painters, welders, are building set pieces, they're shopping in our lumber yards, they're buying our hardware, so the ripple effect in the economy is really great and that's why we work so hard to try and get projects here," Steinberg said.</p><p>As for other details about the project, Steinberg said everything -- especially the movie script -- is being kept under lock and key. Filmmakers are still referring to the project with a code name -- "Autumn Frost." Steinberg said this is fairly common for major film projects, and most of the time the code name has nothing to do with the actual movie.</p><p>Filming will continue in downtown Chicago for the next 10 days. Chicagoans should be on the look out for Amy Adams, Henry Cavill, Russell Crowe, Diane Lane and Kevin Costner, who will all be starring in the film.</p></p> Wed, 07 Sep 2011 22:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/man-steel-comes-downtown-chicago-91642 Cheat Sheet: Chicago Board of Education approves new charter schools http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/%5Bfield_program_ref-title-raw%5D/cheat-sheet-chicago-board-education-approves-new-char <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/superman CPS meeting Bill Healy.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Time again for another edition of <em>Cheat Sheet</em> &ndash; your quick and dirty guide to Chicago&rsquo;s monthly school board meetings. If you were anywhere in the Loop Wednesday morning, you might have heard there was a Board of Education meeting going on--literally!<br /><br />There were dueling protests on the streets and a sea of yellow scarves in front of Chicago Public Schools central office. There was the longest list of speakers ever &ndash; or at least since <em>Cheat Sheet's</em> been keeping track.<br /><br /><em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> talked about the big turnout and heard from folks who spoke with WBEZ's education reporter, Linda Lutton.</p><p>Click on &quot;EXTRAS&quot; below to listen to unfiltered audio from the January 2011 Board of Education meeting.</p></p> Thu, 27 Jan 2011 14:13:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/%5Bfield_program_ref-title-raw%5D/cheat-sheet-chicago-board-education-approves-new-char